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thousands of pro-gun activists in the u.s. are willing to rally as america braces itself for protests against president obama's proposals to curb weapon ownership. a week of angry demonstrations in the west bank culminates in fresh clashes with israeli security forces after our march in support of hunger striking palestinian prisoners is met with tear gas and stun grenades. britain loses its cherished top rate credit rating for the first time in decades with a downgrade branded a catastrophic government failure. and a shift in britain's fashion world as more and more designers bucked the trend of using flawless models opting instead for the ordinary imperfections of everyday people.
good evening news and analysis live from our moscow headquarters i'm lucy caffein of and you're watching our. well thousands of pro-gun activists in the u.s. are ready to take part in the day of resistance in an act of defiance against president obama's tighter gun laws agenda they're calling his plans unconstitutional and arties going to education reports it's not just words that they're ready to use to protect their right to bear arms. part of america now favors some form of gun control especially in the wake of tragic mass shootings. while the other is getting ready to fight against any significant regulations they're preparing for what they call the invasion of feds by arming themselves to the teeth were it we actually got to that or reading from what i know but now that
you know we're out of that of course it and i would be really qualified right. against the basis of. a police chief in pennsylvania mark kessler is training private citizens to become snipers and resist what they call a tyrannical government if need be trust me when i tell you this i mean i will take my uniform off and i will stand with freedom before i stand with the ironical folks absolutely not i will not in any way shape or form support anything that goes against the constitution or the second amendment sheriff associations from eleven states said they would ignore any law passed in washington that would significantly regulate guns we won't enforce federal regulations or federal laws were not required so there's a separation of powers in and we won't there is a tradition in american thought. of states doing what they want despite what the federal government says of course that led to the civil war well now we see
a revival of the same kind of philosophy well we don't like what washington says so we're going to do our own thing we have the right to do it well no they don't they're part of this country whether they like it or not and and federal laws will be enforced. the obama administration says they're not going to take away people's guns they just want to ban certain types of assault rifles which are more appropriate for war then for civilian defense but which have become the weapon of choice used in mass shootings in america the administration also wants to enforce background checks on all gun sales currently forty percent of weapons in the u.s. are sold without any background check but gun rights advocates see it as the first step towards disarming the nation there will be more bad like she believes in a belt he or in the future of the people got to do that would happen while people like jim are gearing up for the second coming of hitler supporters of gun control points to staggering statistics the gun murder rate in
the us is almost twenty times higher than in the next twenty two richest nations combined that's unimaginable in any other industrial democracy that an argument would be made in favor of owning guns for the purposes of overthrowing the government and made by the high court the solution. making to democracy stronger. by guns because i want to strike to curio america's split over priorities according to the pew research center currently fifty percent of americans say controlling gun ownership is the more important priority while forty six percent say it is to protect the right of americans to own guns people choose different ways to stand up for liberty as they see it one owner of a pizza shop in virginia beach offers a fifteen percent. discount to those who come in with guns all they have to do is show me that they're carrying a weapon. or they can show me their concealed weapons permit and they can get
a discount miscellany says eighty percent of his customers have brought guns into the pizza shop since he introduced the deal one even came in with an a k forty seven one question of why is this when people here talk about protecting their freedoms with weapons that are designed for war to these people have such little trust in their democratic system to the point when they think of boat is not enough to secure their rights and that they need a stack of deadly weapons at home to do that in washington i'm going to show. well guns of certainly sparked heated debate in the u.s. but some places have simply taken safety precautions to the extreme on our website we have the story of a ten year old boy who was suspended from school over a toy gun found in his backpack. it's.
from toy guns two very real weapons the joint force of french an african troops sustained their heaviest casualties yet in the military campaign against islamist rebels in mali at this after thirteen chatty and soldiers were killed in the fighting in the north meanwhile the united states has deployed one hundred troops and neighboring air it says to assist the french led intervention with intelligence report that the french intervened in their former african colony last month to stop an offensive by islamist rebels who are now waging a deadly war the operation has nevertheless one friend says president peace prize from the u.n. cultural agency. for quote his valuable contribution to stability in mali social
justice activist for rosie manji says the award could encourage other foreign intervention in africa. so what is this reward actually encouraging it presumably encouraging others to follow the example of the french or we invade to go after go territories and it's of invasion going to be hard to do with u.s. troops and it's a. political interest to people from to be here but this is a political crisis and it could be resolved only by political means by sending in the warriors the troops the planes and the bomb actually doesn't resolve the problem as we can see it's actually exacerbate. they claimed that they had been going to to go into mali but but it has been illegitimate government and it's rages . the un should do so should such
a central policy i guess you national feel that this is want what needs to be rewarded fierce clashes between palestinians and israeli defense soldiers erupted across the west bank capping a week of protests in support of hunger striking palestinian prisoners who are in israeli jails now dozens of demonstrators reportedly got injuries from tear gas and rubber bullets which were used in response to them hurling stones and burning tires now for palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike for more than two hundred days two of them held without trial and two others are we arrested after being released in a prisoner exchange deal and it's very ration in their conditions has led to widespread of calls for their release of palestinian officials warning of a bigger crisis if the israeli government fails to listen the u.n. chief has also called on television to act but policy and media analyst honey mahmoud says the current international pressure on israel is simply not enough.
median solution that comes up to everybody's mind right now is just an immediate release of palestinian prisoners they don't have to go through. a process in order to get a fair trial if there was anything let alone most of the prisoners were actually released and. deal last year and they were. kidnapped one more time and put in prison again so the whole thing is unfair. in the prisoners on the other hand i really wish as every other palestinian which is not just more involvement of the international community human rights organization international organization just put more pressure on israel and especially the legal system because it just very unfair way bly a lot of justice towards the palestinian as we are constantly seen as a lower class or people who don't really deserve any of the rights people enjoy in
the world treat treatment of palestinian prisoners isn't the only issue the tell of the this courting controversy all of these days later this hour we report on how lousy u.s. and israeli company to drill for oil on land internationally considered part of syria also for you. in syria the main rebel group pulls out of key international meetings aimed at helping to end to the bloody civil war look at what's next for the peace process. well in the fashion industry everything revolves around women being tall and slim and men toned and muscular but the people buying the clothes being advertised often don't meet those standards themselves and it seems that some designers are finally starting to realize that you don't need to look perfect to hit the catwalk artist polly boyko reports. that is very. odd to use
a car to model i say character means five knowledge small or that is anything he hasn't got every part of couse you can think of that's what we supply meets robin he's a successful fashion model he works for london agency i'll be representing over a thousand mortals aged eighteen to one hundred in the most diverse shapes and sizes it's really important to have current surprises in the industry and i think you know there's enough good looking people around. me why i'm not thinking you know kind of people with quirky you know expressive face has got far more work than you are fashion and advertising is changing to make room for models who look more like real people do you think now there's a strong lead to model so people are using models because people sideboard of looking at the normal you know six foot to have a person all of that looks exactly right you know people's body shapes and faces and. so we should look at them and really embrace them really katie green found out
all about the pressures of the fashion industry when she was chosen to be the face of wonderbra and signed to a major modeling agency they asked me for me saying and then they told me i needed to lose to star now i'm five foot ten and the size twelve i wanted to spin about the bones you know i'm perfectly healthy as it is and they wants me to nice too so that's a size eight i called my parents off limits and just in floods of tears saying that i think i'm too fat to be a model five years on she's not only working as a successful plus size model but is also campaigning to ban underweight models from catwalks and fashion spreads its old persons the functions i was this person is a big campaign that also somebody who looks so slowly and none of us know no doubt is going to have a peanut made here is a very sort of fantasy related industry it's all based on abduction and nothing in these magazines is real the majority of british women now measuring the size. fourteen or above design a sample size that
a skinny model whereas down the catwalk is a minuscule size zero the difference is huge big brands are beginning to realize that consumers want to see models that they can identify with major fashion designers a tapping into the changes and introducing larger size says there is definitely some type of shakeup going on in the industry enough big that you know in the future you're different you see that this becomes more the norm and we probably won't call it anymore it will be just be fashion it's a profit at the end of the day businesses want to make money so if there's a market there where you haven't actually tapped into a new you've got to do is create a bigger size the number show business men business women never going to do that in the super model is over you know who's one of my models sees the new model is done for you my job campaigns levi days on telling time these classes so you know of a suit most even done so you know he's a supermodel for the mess hall of u.k. women now officially plus size and individuality suddenly on trend it seems that
the fashion industry is finally waking up to reality. see london stay with us i'll be back after a short break. well the british. time right. market why not. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike stronger the no holds barred look at the global financial headlines tune into kaiser report on our.
welcome back you're watching our t.v. and i'm to see catherine well the u.k. has been stripped of its aaa crown and a huge jolt to the british government modi is raising the ratings agency says that there are many years of trouble ahead for the country due to its growing debt the opposition has dubbed the move a catastrophic failure by the british finance trade but he remains adamant that his
austerity policy will simply not change professor rodney shakespeare says that the strategy is completely ignoring the plight of the people. fact of the matter is the rating agencies in your house form off part of a global elite which thinks it can suck up wealth from the population and fold the time not the sun with whether or not people have jobs or whether or not living standards are declining they claim that the independents have something live to observations they did not notice the great trap just coming in two thousand and eight and the reason why they didn't use is that they assume that the whole system is working well and only hands off the hands and they can't see this become profoundly corrupted things we've got our hands and it's going downhill great exegesis in bed with the global elite and with the existing governments in
a gigantic conspiracy against the bulk of the people or later this hour max kaiser and stacy herbert present a mad cap yet more a better way for europeans to escape their growing economic hardship take a look. do a side by roller coaster of course is a european who's invented this aesthetic death machine and that looks like the solution to the economic crisis across europe so it's banker system. so this is different than police assisted suicide or people run out into a hail of bullets hoping to get killed because they lost all hope banker assisted suicide so you let your braggers perform the glock rollercoaster of financial a proxy is it talks to death machine and with the hope that you won't survive because you'd rather not live in a world where barclays bank runs your government like so many puppets on a string. well
syria's main opposition group the syrian national coalition says that it is pulling out of a series of international gatherings looking to resolve the deadly civil conflict the group will skip the friends of syria meeting in rome as well as scheduled talks in russia and the united states over what it sees as a lack of international condemnation of the asada regime well let's talk now to our what coffee is a member of the syrian social club a group that is supporting reforms in the country sir thank you so much for joining us just how significant is the opposition's decision to seemingly turn its back on the international community regarding the peace process in syria. well we need to understand how these people how those people operate probably they are a bit frustrated that what they are being told now is that they should have a sort of contribute to a political solution rather than they are going to be heavily armed in order to
defeat the syrian government and they do not want to have any dialogue with the syrian government because all their strategy is based in a sense on the syrian government falling and them coming as a substitute they do not have a lot of quality on the ground we also know that it is for the rebels rather than the political elite that are called the national council was recently the national commission so all they are interested in is for the government to force so probably they're trying to flex their muscles a little bit now they're interested in negotiating with the syrian government rather than having any dialogue which probably explains also the other part of their announcement yesterday that they are going to go for a you know the establishment or the formation of a government that would take control of the liberated sort of areas right and of course they've even announced they will be selecting a prime minister on the second of march i believe i read that you know you say that they're simply trying to flex their muscle here but at the same time by boycotting
this friends of syria meeting where most of the foreign supporters of the rubbles will be gathered aren't groups leading themselves internationally isolated at a time where they really need the international support the most well it's a sort of mutual defense dependency as they see it probably very know that the that the western society the western countries have invested a lot in them both in money and time and so on in organizing them and they think that they could probably make a stand here with regards to what they see is their own policy this is a bit funny because now if the choose to get out of this sort of international friends of syria meeting then the western community is really would have no leverage what so. in the syrian crisis you know it's a bit funny what is happening. but let's just wait and see and i'm just curious how you sort of see the developments on the ground in syria these days i mean what
started off as a conflict has really developed in very unusual ways we've seen for example the the deadly blast in damascus just a few days ago how do you see sort of the evolution of the various opposition groups on the ground and what's what's actually going on there. well our perception of the conflict in syria is that the armed the armed sort of aspect of the of the uprising in syria or the conflict in syria was pretty much from very beginning. in order only to steer it the people that the first objective or the main objective of the very beginning was to inflict casualties and force the army to retaliate in such a way that people get agitated more and people go to the streets more this is our perception of the matter no you see. it has turned into a full fledged regional conflict. which is part of it or have always had certain ideology that the countries that surround israel should be turned into
a base for jihadist operations into palestine in order to what to do to achieve what they think they could which is to liberate palestine from the israelis now i'm one of the worry the chief of al qaida issued a video in july of two thousand and eleven only four months into the syrian crisis is calling for jihad in syria in order to achieve this pretty much this objective and now the syrians are being you know torn between too many armed rebels and the rebel militia and no one really knows how to get away from it or get out of it and a very very briefly at the opposition is of course blaming the russian government for what it calls supporting and supplying arms to president bashar al assad do you think that that criticism is fair i mean we have also heard reports of rebels getting heavy weapons from other foreign countries abroad the western countries for
example. well they want to say they want to tell you know that the faction of syrians who oppose president so then who opposed the syrian government that if it wasn't for the foreign intervention of the likes of. china or iran the syrian government wouldn't have stand would wouldn't have made it on its feet so for the us ignoring that there are millions and millions of people in syria who actually choose not to go on with this uprising and choose to support the government with the approve the government efficiency or not so this is only to agree you to read their narrative of seeing all the people who want to get rid of the syrian government and it is because of the outside actions that the syrian government is standing on on its feet which is definitely not true all right well thank you so much amara walker off as a member of the syrian social club a group supporting reforms in that country you for the opportunity right
well israel could be already trying to capitalize on the syrian crisis while damascus is busy fighting rebels at home israel has given a us company a license for oil exploration in the golan heights that land is alex from syria but international still considered to be its territory or just possibly or has the details. off to israel decided last year to allow for oil and gas exploration in the goal line genie energy was awarded the license to drill but the new jersey based company still needs further work permits for drilling to commence and this is a process that could still take several years to come to me is headed by none other than the golan heights residents and a former general and could cabinet minister the company's shareholders reportedly also include rupert murdoch and one of the company's advisors is former u.s. vice president dick cheney geological terrorists have indicated the potential for oil and foreign oil discovery in the golan heights which is all captured from syria
back in the one nine hundred sixty seven six day war in one nine hundred eighty israel and mixed the area in a move that is not recognized internationally in the strategic area has seen exciting extensive israeli settlement construction it is also the science of a major israeli wind turbine a project the golan studies has has been at the heart of previous talks between israeli and syrian leaders damascus is demanding its full return and there was concern that as the syrian revolt threatens the president bashar assad's rule israel is digging in its heels on the golan heights it was also an observation that on the eve of almost every high level visit to israel by american officials the israeli government has without fail angered the americans by coming up for example with announcements of settlement expansion in the west bank president obama is due to visit israel at the end of march and no doubt the state department is likely to
criticize this permit as they do not recognize the area as being part of israel. well french movie star gerard depardieu is now a fully signed up russian citizen he's formally taken up residence in the capital of russia's republic of marjoe via telling r.t. exclusively why he chose that place. to work for beats so. well on r.t. dot com we have more on months here different views and missions and his new home went to after he quit friends complaining of high taxes over there and on to our website for that exclusive interview. also online a us scientists develop a non-organic a zombie cell that's not only copies its living prototype but even al performs it all the details for you at our team dot com. after the break gets the kaiser report right here on our team stay with us.
all those north korean scamps are at it again another nuclear test in north korea has made all the headlines trust me nuclear missiles are something worth being concerned over but haven't we heard this song and dance before all the way back in two thousand and two the north koreans calling for the b.b.c. rule that they have a secret weapons program and turned their young nuclear reactor back on since then every once while a missile flies people see the war's coming and silence then another test of some sort shock horror and then silence again north korea just uses this is a bargaining tool to get what they want their house.